Exelon (Rivastigmine) is used to treat symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. Rivastigmine belongs to a group of medications known as cholinesterase inhibitors. It works by restoring the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. This medication does not cure these diseases but it may improve memory, awareness and the ability to perform daily functions.
The brand Exelon comes from Turkey and Canada and is manufactured by Novartis. It is available in the strengths of 1.5mg, 3mg, 4.5mg; and 6mg tablets and 2mg/ml/120ml oral solution. It is also available in the strengths of 4.6mg and 9.5mg/24 hr patches. The generic comes from India (by Sun Pharma) and Canada (by Sandoz) and is available in the strength of 1.5mg; 3mg; and 6mg tablets.
Serious side effects include:
• Black stools;
• Severe stomach/abdominal pain;
• Slow/irregular heartbeat;
• Trouble urinating
Less serious side effects include:
• Loss of appetite;
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Rivastigmine of if you have any other allergies. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions of other problems. This medication may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do activity that requires alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages. There may be an interaction between Rivastigmine and other medications such as anticholinergic medications, antipsychotic medications, beta-blockers, cholinergic medications, neuromuscular blocking agents, and other cholinesterase inhibitors.